Synonomy (ch 2)

Synonymy is said to be identity of meaning, but this raises the question what identity and meaning consist in. It is clear, anyway, that meaning is not to be identified with reference. Coreferential expressions may have different senses and thus fail to be synonymous. For example, 'Plato' and 'Aristotle's mentor' both refer to the same person but have different meanings, otherwise the statement 'Plato was Aristotle's mentor' would be trivial, which it is not.

See also: reference, coreferential, semantics

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